Illinois Tech History

Illinois Tech was created in 1940 by the merger of Armour Institute and Lewis Institute. Located on the west side of Chicago, Lewis Institute, established in 1895 by the estate of hardware merchant and investor Allen C. Lewis, offered liberal arts as well as science and engineering courses for both men and women. At separate meetings held by their respective boards on Oct. 26, 1939, the trustees of Armour and Lewis voted to merge the two colleges. A Cook County circuit court decision on April 23, 1940 solidified the merger.

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Student protest at Illinois Institute of Technology, 1970
Egon Weiner art exhibit, Metallurgical and Chemical Engineering Building, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, 1949
President Thomas L. Martin, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
Technology Center of Tomorrow in the Making Today
The Snow Cruiser